WADCO NEWS Volume 1 Plainville, Mass., September 10, 1920 Number 3 RELIEF ADDS MANY TO MEMBERSHIP LIST TOOL ROOM FIRST WITH 100 PER CENT. Die Cutting, Polishing and Re- ceiving Departments All Reach Goal Two weeks ago the Mutual Relief Association included on its member- ship lists only 52 per cent, of the peo- ple in the shop. Today that 52 per- cent, has jumped to over 60 per cent, of the total number on the Whiting and Davis payroll. For two weeks, President W. M. Fuller and Treas- urer Byron Gardner have been kept busy caring for the applications that have poured in. And they have their pencils all sharpened for more to come. What started this hoped-for and unprecedented rush ?The Wadco News jvas one thing. The second was a dash for members between two de- partments on the lower floor — the Press and Stamp Departments versus the Rolling and Wire Departments. Marshalled by Foreman Frank Gad- des, the Press and Stamp Rooms got the jump on their opponents with ten new members the day after the Wadco News came out. But the Roll- ers with John Brant at the head came back; even the next day. Neither yet have 100 per cent, in the Relief, but their competition started other de- partments into wild campaigning. The Tool Room was first to sign up 100 per cent., the Die Cutters follow- ed, and now the Polishing Room has fallen into line. Mr. Gardner stated that the office was 100 per cent, strong, but the latest lists give it but 86 per cent., Mr. Gardner having overlooked two inveterate low-hang- ers. The Gold A. Department reports 93 per cent, paid in memberships. At the moment of going to press, word was received from the Receiving De- partment that it was 100 per cent, strong. Its report was verified by Mr. Puller. Mr. Fuller also gives the informa- tion that several other departments a?v working for a solid front . Get a move on, so that we may have the most solid Relief Association of any factory anywhere. You Win! Kitty Greve "Wadco News," to be the regular name of the shop paper, is the product of the fertile brain of Miss Catherine Greve, better known to everyone as Kitty, of Miss Coombs' unsoldered mesh department. Kitty has the cour- age of her convictions, for she claims that she knew "Wadco News" was good enough to win when she thought of it. She was presented with a gift of a ten-dollar gold piece from the managers of Hie plant. You can believe the trouble the Publication Committee had in pick- ing the winner when in the last count it was found that over one hundred proposals came in. Every depart- ment in the shop was represented by at least one, and some by great bunches of prospective names. The second choice of the committee was "Bagtopics," contributed by Frank Gaddcs; and the third choice was '•The Medmm," JJej| Higglns' happy thought. ON TO THE DANCE That ever popular song, "Oh, Min- nie, won't you shimmy for me," will initiate in the proper style one of the w ddest parlies ever staged in Plain- ville, to be given next Thursday night in the Town Hall by the W. S. Club, which might be the Whiting Sewing Club, but which for this night will be happily known as the Female Grapplers. These Wild, Wild, Wimen from the office promise that they will not de- velop the palsy but that they will merely train for the party by eating coffee jelly. Everyone can thus be as- sured that there will be great pleas- ure without danger. All who shake a mean quiver, who think they can, or who want to try it, are invited to participate in this free-for-all four- hour contest. Let it be known here and now that everybody is going. Myrtle Cooper, in spite of a ring, An- na Reynolds, Eva Contour, and all the many other virtuous vamps, are limbering up for the evening's enjoy- ment. The lid is off, as Bill Barton, for the dignified town fathers of Plainville, has given his consent. TWO ADDITIONS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 180 H. P. HOILER TO BE INSTALLED New Extension Will Consolidate Four Departments Into One Location Ground has been broken on the ex- tension to the Rolling Department which when finished will consolidate the Wire, Melting, Annealing and Rolling Departments into one large section. Construction will also short- ly be begun on the new boiler room, which will extend north from the pres- ent location and completely modernize the present equipment. The plans of the addition to the Rolling Department call for a one- story ell, 50 feet by 40 feet, extending north. The building will extend from the present recreation rooms under the Mesh Room to midway of the Stamp Department. The Wire De- partment will be shifted to the new location and its present location will be utilized by the Whiting Chain Company. New and enlarged rolling mills, capable of the heaviest work, will be installed, besides increased fa- cilities for wire drawing, thus con- solidating these departments. The new addition will contain toilet facil- ties for the Press, Stamp and Tool Rooms. The roof will be of saw tooth type in order to throw the maximum of light back into the Stamp Room. The new boiler room, already stak- ed out in the yard, will measure 40 feet by 40 feet. In it there will be installed a 180 horsepower boiler of the most modern type. The addition will be of brick and steel construction and fireproof throughout. In the place of the present boilers, provis- ion will be made for electric gener- ators to be installed in the future and which will enable the firm to make its own power. The east side will be taken up by bins of two car capacity and outside a pit is to he dwj; for stor- age of extra supply. The bins will tilled with coal from the pit by means of an automatic conveyor. You our this much fo boom the plant Nt iu r try to sn>i you can 7. WADCO NEWS Wadco News Published Semi-Monthly by the Employees of Whiting- & Davis Company, Plainville, Mass. Publication Committee J. O.Gagnon, Chairman W. J. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes O. Soderstroin H. B. Rowan Er>iT<>r: W. Codding COMMERCIAL PaESS-PKINTESS EDITORIALS SEND IT IN If you have a bit of news. Send it in; Or a joke that will amuse, Send it in ; A story that is true, An incident that's new. We want to hear from you, Send it in. Never mind about the style, If the news is wortii the while, •id it in. — Clipped. WADCO NEWS sarly a quarter of those on the Whiting and Davis roster contributed posala in the name contest for this paper, now to be known as Wadco Nt Ws. It is this common interest in the affairs of the shop which the pa- per endeavors to foster and increase. Already it lias succeeded in boost- ing more than one department up to scratch with 100 per cent, enroll- :t in the Relief, which is a whole -hop affair through its benefits to everyone. Do not let the department you work in be a low hanger in shop affairs. Boost your department by joining the Relief, by giving it the mosl publicity in Wadco News, by making it distinctive in the least tar- • or in a hundred other worth- while ways. Boosl your department and yon l> shop. Baseball is over. Whj not now talk up inside and outside the shop the abilities of a bowling league com- prising the teams of the Twilight 'lie and any other clubs or shops which might care to come in? MIDDLEEORO COMES THRU A FEW STATISTICS In the week ending August 21, 218 employees of the company either came in late or left early, which meant a loss in time for the week of 290 hours. During the week ending August 28, 243 men were late or left before clos- ing time, resulting in a loss of 321 hours. Included in the number were two foremen. On another page of this issue, the "Wadco News" publishes a table set- ting forth what a loss in time means to employees. Can you afford to lose time? The firm cannot. Will you not have some pride in the matter ! (Signed) C. A. ^YhUi i lCJ. AEOUT THE SHOP The safety devices used on the presses in the Whiting and Davis Company rank with the best any- where in the country. Although gen- erally similar to those in use else- where, our safety appliances have been improved and made absolutely fool-proof by our own tool-makers. The devices have been admired and praised by several insurance compa- nies. Mr. Thompson is justly peeved over the growing practice to use his machines and tools without his per- mission. Only the other day some- one ruined his favorite saw on a per- fectly »ood nail. The carpenter shop, like the Tool Room, is a service de- partment. No one knows it better than Mr. Thompson. Everyone to his own trade. Let Mr. Thompson per- form your services. It is impossible for Miss Cote to in- terview every foreman each day in order to get the names of employees who are out sick. Each department should report to her the absences due to sickness. The Plainville Cemetery Association respectfully requests Whiting and Davis Company employees and all others to respect the Old Cemetery, so-called, and kindly not to make "a thoroughfare of this cemetery. By Mrs. Hattie Goodwin Our Middleboro Correspondent Wanted — news from Middleboro, Those are the words I hear Drifting in from Plainville, Echoing far and near. We have no time for gossip, Nor have we time for play, We're silently, patiently working For five hundred bags per day. Bui y;)u shall have your news, To produce it we will try. We think you really need it To raise your standards (hit' Perhaps you know our Boss And his methods all quite well, But I think you'll oe enlightened By seme facts I'm going to tell. He built the girls some dinky desks, By working day and night. He carefully placed and hinged them To give them better light. He made a slick contrivance, To turn their gas with ease; Xow he's a man of merit Striving ever, all to please. You boast of ail your salaried men With their limousines in a row, But you've nothing on us over here — Charlie has one — so has Joe. But best of all is Maxim's steed, A race horse, swift and s f rong. When lie wants to go somewhere It does not take him long. There's a Stranger in our midst, A StiYineer with eyes of blue, He's been forbidden to whistle And now he don't know what to do. He's lonely too — poor fellow, But then, the Boss is wise. It's his music the girls are keen for And not the Stranger's eyes. Good-bye, my dear Plaiirvill-ains, Should you hear from us no more — Do not think that we are napping, We are making bags galore. Louise King says you have roguish eyes like a dying calf. Gene. WADCO NEWS FRANK TAKES OFF WEIGHT Metal Terms Our enterprising: Mr. Gaddes, fore- man of the Press Department, points to tennis as the one game for all those whose avoirdupois is above par. Through constant playing on the Whiting and Davis Tennis Club courts this summer, Frank has drawn in his belt a total of three notches, and now looks somewhat better. With Frank, the Club now includes in its membership Ernest Toothill, Louis Whiting, Lee Higgins, Harvey Lamphier, Walter Collins, and Har- c!d Peasley, although others in the factory have taken advantage of the Club's welcome and used its courts. Every night, Saturday and Sunday, finds singles and doubles games in progress. Harvey tries hard and in spite of him there have been some particularly close matches. Among the closest have been those of the four Morgans, whose competition is a fine example of brotherly love. The club wishes to announce through this paper that, although it wel comas the use of its clubhouse, it requests those doing so during the lunch hour not to leave newspapers where they will blow and spoil the sightliness of the lawn or the courts. No terms are more deceiving than those applied to metals. Silver, for instance, is never found pure but is always mixed with a little copper. All gold when mined contains more or less silver. Silver is known as "sterling" when it is composed of 925 parts of pure silver to 75 parts of copper. White metal, generally termed "nickel sil- ver" or "German silver," contains no silver at all, but is made up of 60 per cent, copper, 35 per cent, zinc and 5 per cent, nickel. If you heat white metal, you burn out the zinc and spoil the article you are working on. BASE BALL Ray Fulton, with a batting average of .400, leads the Whiting and Davis baseball team, in the number of hits produced this season. Jimmie Gleason played in the most games and thus gets the largest share of the proceeds. h man receives $1.00 for each ae he played in. The following standing was prepared by Scorer Henry Desautels. Plainville is to lose one of its most active political gangsters in the per- son of Byron Gardner, who will shortly move to North Attleboro. H. E. WATSON of the Bench De- partment, has sample books of the Al- fred Peats Wall Paper Company. Mr. Watson can obtain, for the employees of the Whiting and Davis Company, all grades of wall paper at a saving of 45 per cent, over other retail prices. No. Batting Nome Games Average Fulton, 12 .400 Jedlinski, 12 .318 Hurlin, 10 .300 Shattuck, 10 .281 II. Burns, 12 .237 Gleeson, 14 .217 Thomas, 10 .210 Whiting, 1 .200 E. Manchester, fi .160 Hayes, 6 .125 C. Burns, 2 .125 G. Mancheste r, 10 .111 Crotty, 6 .077 Barrows, 1 .000 Where is Beaumont's average, Henryl He played in ten of the games. CAN YOU AFFORD IT? WHAT IT COSTS YOU TO BE LATE Rate LOSS OF 15 LOSS OF 30 LOSS OF 46 LOSS OF 1 HOUR per MINUTES A DAY MINUTES A DAY MINUTES A DAY A DAY Hour AMOUNTS TO AMOUNTS TO AMOUNTS TO AMOUNTS TO PEE WEEK $ 30 PER YEAR I'KR WEEK PER YEAR PER WEEK PER YEAR PER WEEK PER YEAR 20 $ 15 60 $ 60 % 31 20 t 90 % 46 80 % 1 20 * 62 40 25 38 19 76 75 39 00 1 13 58 76 1 50 78 00 80 45 23 40 90 46 80 1 36 70 20 1 80 93 60 85 53 27 56 1 05 64 60 1 58 82 16 2 10 109 20 40 60 31 20 1 20 62 40 1 80 93 60 2 40 124 80 45 68 35 86 1 35 70 20 2 00 105 58 2 70 1 to 40 50 75 39 00 1 50 78 00 2 25 117 00 8 00 166 00 55 83 43 16 1 65 85 80 2 48 128 96 3 30 171 60 60 90 46 80 1 80 93 60 2 70 140 40 3 60 1ST 20 65 98 50 96 1 95 101 40 2 93 152 36 8 90 202 SO 70 1 05 54 60 2 10 109 20 8 15 163 80 4 20 218 40 75 1 13 58 76 2 25 1 117 00 3 88 175 76 4 234 00 ABOVE AMOUNTS COMPUTED ON A FIFTY-TWO WEEK YEAR WADCO NEWS The secret of Harvey's continual tickled expression is out. It is the fiies which gambol gaily about his baldpate. Hattie has acquired a sweet tooth — from association with Bill? Herman is dickering with Brant & Suvall Co. for a Ford in which to spend his vacation. Yes, he will spend it all right. We hope Charlie Quirk's recipe for home brew is better than the one he invented for a green gold solution. How is the factory going to run after this week? Winthrop Morgan leaves for Worcester Tech, Ralph Morgan for New Hampshire Agricul- tural College, Harold Morgan for Wentworth Institute, and Billy Mor- gan for Dean Academy, all in the next few days. Favorite Sayings: He who sticks his finger in the glue pot, gets stuck. — Olker Gagnon. Yet Ollie has just purchased Mr. Bice's Buick. Favorite Sayings: Don't, George. — Flor Austin. Mr. Soderslrom took his family on a tour to Maine one week and began his vacation minus car and family the t in Xew York. Tell us, Felix, are you bald? We aim to please, And perhaps to tease, In printing this paper's jokes; The folk worth while Are those who can smile "When given these little pokes. HEALTH HINTS II Since our new hospital has been installed and facilities provided for handling eases of sickness in the shop, we often he.-r this remark: "We are very fortunate to have such a good place to come for rest and treatment in case of accident." But although every comfort has been provided, these facilities have not been furnished for the treat" cnent of a coid e n &g and sickness that might be avoided. Many accidents arc the result of failure to keep in trim. Yon cannot keep in trim and be on the alert if you keep late hours, skip your meals, fail to take sufficiejil ex< rcise. Headaches, nervousness, indiges- tion, result from such practices. Keep in trim. (Signed) Bertha Q. Coin. Jim Coyne went on a fishing trip last Saturday. He got a lot of bites but no fish, the reason being that the fish was on the wrong end of the line. Who took the gas out of Harry Crowther's car? Harry promises no insult to the guilty, but says nothing about injury. The old place looks good to Normau Clarke. We welcome him back to the Tool Room. We wonder if Miss Bnllukian would like to ride in a brand new tin- lizzie. Our paymaster, Bob, is wearing a smile that increases in breadth every day. We wonder how rooxi Ihe wed- ding will come off. A little visitor came to Billv Glen- non's home last week — a girl. Billy now wants to know the precautions to take to avoid bow-leggedness. Clarence Skinner, chauffenr of the Roo, came in full of smiles'the other morning. The baby must have said '•da-da/' Time ! Custom ! AVill courage never die? The daring nerve, the flaming curve, Of Dandelion's tie. Henry Hemingson is now able to work after his two weeks in Canada. We welcome Ernest C4unner to the die-cutting force and Raymond Pick- ering to the Coloring Room. Henry Desautelle may be consid- ered dense, but his assistant is consid- erably Denzer. An example of Eddie's wit: "How do you spell Coren's last name?" Eddie: "That's not a name. It's a collision of the alphabet." From the Repair Department comes word that Anna is known as a reg- ular vamp to all the gents at the va- cation place she went to. Well, it's belter to have vamped and lost, than never to have vamped at all. Don: "Do you know why Louise's neck is like her typewriter?" Eddie: "No, why is it?" Don : ' ' Because it is Underwood. ' ' One thing the whole shop would like to see: Goyette without a "kick." A word to the wise is useless. We don't want you to feel neglect- ed, Eva, because your name was not in the last issue. Here it is. Dan dated up two of the finest the other night. He told ~S\r. Chief In- spector Victor Zilch, who has a flivver, Mr. Zilch drove up and saw the two boiler makers, and then drove right off again. The DjerKiss Company announces that Miss Lucinda Moore is now among its largest customers. Jimmie Smith has sold his Ford and purchased a Mitchell, and Joe de Mateos has sAvapped his flivver for a Dodge. Our one and oiily Sam Kenyon wants to buy a Buick S ; x and beat the tin horns who drive up to work in Henrys. Andrew Stevens of the Press De- partment finds the use of "kick" in the gas is a great help in making the Falls hill on high. Ask the office girls how they liked tin 1 watermelon that Louise King treated them with. Adeline Longbardy is tired of shak- ing bags and has taken a position in Boston. That screaming we heard last Fri- day was from the eagle on a two-bit piece that Bill Sweet was holding. Matt Brennan has recently invent- ed a smokeless dip and a stripless strip which work fine on paper. Married life doesn't phase Olga Swanson a 'hit. The fatal word has been said and the ceremony will take place sometime in the fall. In the meantime Olga determines to learn from John Olsen the difference be- tween corn beef hash and oysters. The drinking fountain and a straw- berry blonde are side by side in the Mesh Room. Which is the attraction, Sam ? Don't forget that dance next Thurs- day that the W. S. Club is giving.